Easy to Vote—Hard to Cheat

The foundation of the American system of self-governance is liberty, and the core expression of the people’s liberty is the ability to vote in free and fair elections. Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is paramount to preserving our republic. The Center for Election Integrity will work with relevant stakeholders across the country and within states to help ensure there are strong laws in place at the local level—making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.

The Center for Election Integrity (CEI) has a simple goal: “Easy to Vote, but Hard to Cheat.”

With that pursuit in mind, CEI developed this educational, interactive, color-coded map that compares an individual state's current election integrity laws to other states. There are three main policy areas widely acknowledged to better protect voters: photo ID requirements, strong laws against ballot harvesting, and ballots returned to election officials by Election Day. CEI weighted these three key voter protections more heavily as a guide for the comparative categories of red, yellow, and green. (Click here to learn more about CEI’s specific methodology) This map will serve to better educate Americans on the local voter protection measures needed to restore faith, trust, and confidence in our elections.

The U.S. Constitution gives State Legislatures the right and responsibility to decide how their states will conduct elections. CEI will work to educate legislators, business leaders, grassroots organizations, and other relevant stakeholders as to the importance and impact of strong election integrity measures.

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Op-Ed | March 15, 2024

Foreigners should not be able to influence Ohio elections. Bill would kick them out.

Ken Blackwell is a former Ohio secretary of state. Jason Snead is executive director of Honest Elections Project Action, a Washington-based conservative organization. Ohioans deserve elections that are free of foreign influence.

Commentary | February 27, 2024

Support of Ohio S.B. 215

Chairman Rulli, Ranking Member DeMora, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of Senate Bill 215, which prohibits foreign nationals from contributing to state ballot issues.

Issue Brief | February 26, 2024

The Pitfalls of Same-Day Registration

Same-day registration (SDR) to vote on Election Day is used in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

News Release | February 12, 2024

AFPI Asks Court to Stop Arizona from Limiting Monitoring of Drop Boxes and Polling Places

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced the filing of a lawsuit in Maricopa County on behalf of Arizona Free Enterprise Club to block Arizona’s Secretary of State from limiting concerned citizens from monitoring activities at election drop boxes and polling places during the upcoming 2024 primary and general elections.

Statement | January 31, 2024

Statement: Center for Election Integrity Applauds Georgia Legislature on Introduction of Legislation Prohibiting Ranked Choice Voting

Washington, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement from Ken Blackwell, Chair of the Center for Election Integrity, regarding the Georgia Senate’s passage of S.B. 355 that would prohibit Ranked Choice Voting.

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